• Top Stories
    The Curse of Barry Bonds

    Seriously, why don’t we talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates being cursed? The team hasn’t had a winning season since 1992. A lot of that has been due to horrible decisions. But even with horrible decisions, it’s hard to go that long without a winning season, unless you’ve got some bad luck involved....

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Bucs Leave Pirate City with Good Impression

    BRADENTON -- After finishing their workouts at Pirate City on Thursday afternoon, the Pirates players packed up their lockers in the clubhouse for their final day at the facility before moving over to McKechnie Field for the remainder of Spring Training. The club wrapped up two weeks of Spring Training by leaving...

  • Pirates History
    Pirates Catchers Throwing the Wrong Way

    While writing the short bio for Henry Yaik today I left out a bit of information on purpose just so I could write about it tonight more in depth. Yaik played one game for the 1888 Pittsburgh Alleghenys behind the plate and he was a catcher in the minor leagues, which other...

  • Analysis
    Josh Bell Hits a Monster HR in Batting Practice (Video)

    The day here at Pirate City is wrapped up. The last thing I watched was Josh Bell taking batting practice. He took three pitches from the left side in his final turn, and crushed a home run over the right field wall with the second pitch. The homer was a towering shot,...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Spring Training Roster

    I just received a copy of the Minor League Camp roster, listing every player who will be participating in the minor league portion of Spring Training. There could be some changes to this list, and not everyone has reported yet, with the reporting date being this coming Sunday. Some notes below the...

  • Analysis
    (Video) Elvis Escobar Taking Batting Practice at Pirate City

    The Pirates signed outfielder Elvis Escobar last year for $570,000 out of Venezuela. Escobar was the second biggest signing, behind Harold Ramirez. He's related to five players who have played in the majors, including Kelvim and Alcides Escobar. When signed, Escobar was described as having above average baseball instincts and a good...

  • Analysis
    Three Minor League Players Retire

    I received the minor league camp roster today, and after checking over the names I noticed that three players were missing. The three players are right handed pitcher Noah Krol, infielder Chase Lyles, and outfielder Cole White. I've confirmed that none of the three players are with the organization, and all have...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Burnett to Undergo Surgery on Right Eye

    Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON -- Right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo surgery tomorrow in Pittsburgh, after getting hit in the right eye during a bunting competition yesterday at Pirate City. Burnett was diagnosed with a right eye orbital fracture today after undergoing additional medical examinations on his right eye in Pittsburgh. No timetable or additional...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Gerrit Cole Seeing the Downside of the Late Signing Deadline

    The debate between Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer is probably going to be a debate that will exist for most of their careers. Both pitchers were drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Cole was rated as the better prospect on the draft boards heading in to...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Evans Hopes to Click with New Organization

    BRADENTON -- After spending the past eight seasons with the New York Mets, infielder Nick Evans decided to switch organizations this year. The 26-year-old infielder has spent parts of the last four seasons in the Majors with New York, posting a .256 career average over 159 big league games. This offseason, however,...

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